1. CARR TALKS KUBIAK INTO GOING FOR IT ON 4th DOWN? On the 4th and 1 when we sent out a punt unit, I saw Carr say something to Kubiak on the sideline as Kubiak walked by him. We take a timeout and then the offense goes out and picks up a first down, later resulting in a TD at the end of the series. In my opinion, and this is only speculation, it appeared that perhaps Carr was talking Kubiak into going for it on fourth down. 2. SAGE NOT AS GOOD AS THE GAME WORE ON. As I look over the second-half footage of Sage...I see a lot of balls thrown at the shoelaces, or overthrown, and one ball tipped. He did not appear to be as crisp as he was in the first half. Not sure if that's due to some of the third-stringers get thrown in there or what. 3. WHERE'S THE FLAG, REF? The fumbled fair catch by Anderson should have been called for interference by a Chiefs defender who was so very easily into the grill of the Anderson. Doesn't negate the fumble, he should have brought it in, but the rule is in place to prevent defenders from face-guarding and obstructing the catching motion of the return man. Bad "no call," in my opinion. 4. DEPTH AT RUNNING BACK IS SCARING ME. While I am excited about Lundy...we have problems with Smith who seemingly finds a pile and buries his facemask into it. And then there is Taylor who is definitely a speedy runner, but for some reason was unable to find the cutback lanes consistently with the exception of a few good runs that I admit he had. If this guy masters the zone blocking scheme, he's a lock on the roster. Rhodes scores a TD, but I'd like to have seen him more in other down situations other than up against a deflated Chiefs defense. Right now, I do not see Smith making this roster. He's purely a safety option if we lose a guy or two during preseason. Fresher legs are ahead of him on the roster, IMO. 5. OWEN DANIELS WAS A GREAT DRAFT PICK. Daniels. Wow. Sure hands, good route running, what else can you ask for? I think Breuner gets cut due to age and the fact that we have three fairly talented younger guys at TE. I see Putzier, Daniels, and Joppru make the roster since Kubiak's system likes multiple TEs on some plays. of course, that could change if you-know-what happens. So hopefully it won't. I know it's the first preseason game, but this was a very successful audition for Daniels. 6. REDEMPTION IS AT HAND! Lundy dropped a pass from Sage on a 2nd and 7 (I think), but he redeemed himself by throwing a monster block on the next play against a blitzing Chiefs defender, tumbling backwards and causing the defender to also fall to the ground with him--Result: He protected the QB. Lundy did a nice job with the blocking mechanics in that situation. I saw Taylor miss a block in a similar situation. 7. WIDE RECEIVER ANALYSIS. Walter made those clutch, possession-type catches we thought he would make. Armstrong was clutch AGAIN. How does the guy not make the team? Lewis flirted with disaster on kick returns, but then again so did Anderson. However, I saw a lot of potential in Anderson as our return guy--very shifty, and very quick when he makes a decision of where to go. 8. THREE SOLID QBs. THAT'S VERY REFRESHING. Carr looked good. Sage looked OK. Porter looked good albeit against the leftovers in garbage time. Without starting a Carr-Rosenfels death match here, I'd like to say that we ought to be pleasantly relieved that our backup QBs look more impressive than the Chiefs. I can see why Sage said he was happy to be in Kubiak's system, because the guy looked the best I have ever seen out of him. Nice to see us with a rotation of three solid QBs. Would like to see Pickett a little. 9. DEFENSE WAS SWARMING. We heard that it would "swarm," and I saw lots of delayed blitzes where it forced the Chiefs QB to maybe rush a pass. Although we do not have household names at LB, Demeco rocked LJ's jock on one play where Demco flew around a corner and just stopped LJ in his tracks--That never happened last season when we played the CHiefs did it? I was impressed with those things that are called "sacks" and "forced turnovers," which I forgot we were capable of producing (much less in the same game). Sanders broke up a deep pass, and he made a good stop when a WR caught the ball: He didn't try and force the play and go for an interception...he just played containment and made sure he stopped the WR from getting YAC. Mario was doubled, or the plays were run away from him. At times, Mario could have spun on Turley--And he did the next time after being stonewalled by Turley earlier--and the other linemen were reaping tackles and stops because of the attention on Mario. TJ at the beginning looked as if he were always coming into the TV screen at the end of a play. One play I saw TJ and Payne unable to even penetrate the lie of scrimmage while other Texans linemen were able to pressure the QB, and I was a little confused on how that happened...they just didn't get off the ball and get good hand technique on that play, IMO. BUT...TJ revved it up later on and I was glad to see him get some pressure on the QB. He might be turning the corner. 10. OVERALL IMPRESSION: PRETTY SATISFIED. Have you EVER seen a Texans preseason game like that one? Nope. Didn't think so. Last preseason, I would watch a little of the Cowboys' preseason games, and I have to admit that I was very jealous of that team. They looked like a real NFL team, they scored and looked good. We didn' at that same time last year. And now, it felt good to know the rest of the nation was seeing Texans 24 Chiefs 14, and they had to be thinking "A whole new Texans team, eh?" That's a great feeling.